Former ammunition plant site considered for Vikings' stadium

A proposal to build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium on the site of a former Army ammunition plant in Arden Hills is being discussed, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Thursday.

Two Ramsey County commissioners, who are touting the site, met Thursday with Ted Mondale, the new chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which is tasked with exploring stadium options. Mondale was appointed to the role by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.

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The Pioneer Press reported that the commissioners met on Tuesday with Mark Wilf, the Vikings' president and part owner and brother of Vikings chairman Zygi Wilf, with more meetings between the team and commissioners scheduled next week.

The Pioneer Press reports no formal proposals have been brought to the Legislature to help finance a deal.

Vikings vice president Lester Bagley tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press the Arden Hills site is "a very viable site."

"If they (the Vikings) want to stay in Minneapolis, that's great," commissioner Rafael Ortega told the Pioneer Press. "For us, in Arden Hills, we've got this 500 acres of polluted land that probably won't be developed for decades. We're not begging for this stadium, but we think this is a great opportunity to develop this site."

The Star Tribune reported that the 430-acre site, formerly the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant, is considered a prized redevelopment target, but its size and pollution issues are obstacles.

The Vikings' Metrodome lease expires after the coming season.

The likely lead Senate sponsor has indicated she hopes to debut a stadium bill by sometime in February that will include a proposed site, design and funding approach.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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